US 7955222 B1
A jump training apparatus including a sleeve, a pipe, and an arm. Floor standing embodiments may also include a base that may be operably connected to a weight holder. Wall mounted embodiments may include a mounting bracket, mounting plate, or mounting clamps, for example. At least a portion of the pipe may be slideably inserted into the sleeve. The pipe may be operably connected to the arm. The vertical height of the arm may be adjusted through the movement of the pipe relative to the sleeve. According to certain embodiments, when the arm is positioned at the desired vertical height, the position of the pipe may be secured by operably engaging a fastening element. At least a portion of the arm may be covered by a cushion.
1. A jump training apparatus comprising:
a pipe including a first end, a second end and a handle;
a sleeve including an opening extending lengthwise along the sleeve, the sleeve configured to slideably engage the first end of the pipe such that the handle extends through the opening and can traverse the opening, the opening including a serrated portion comprising slots disposed on opposing sides of the opening to provide a plurality of slot positions along the opening, wherein the handle is spring loaded such that a spring biases the handle into engagement with the serrated portion, thereby securing the pipe relative to the sleeve in one of the slot positions along the opening, and wherein compressing the spring can disengage the handle from the serrated portion, thereby allowing the handle to traverse the opening; and
an arm extending from the second end of the pipe, wherein sliding the pipe relative to the sleeve such that the handle traverses the opening can vary the height of the arm.
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This patent application makes reference to, claims priority to and claims benefit from U.S. Provisional Patent Application Ser. No. 60/970,378, entitled “Vertical Jump Training Apparatus,” filed on Sep. 6, 2007, the complete subject matter of which is hereby incorporated herein by reference, in its entirety.
Athletes are always attempting to improve their abilities on the field of endeavor. Such improvements typically take the form of not only practice, but also physical training. One important aspect of athletics, and often a focus of athletic training, is the height of an athlete's vertical jump.
Many traditional jumping training apparatuses are expensive, require the use of retriever sticks, and/or require the use of multiple weights to provide the apparatus with needed stability. Further, many of these devices are constructed from heavy materials, such as steel, which may make moving or storage of these apparatuses difficult. Further, there is the potential that the training athlete may be injured by inadvertently hitting or jumping into a portion of the hard steel apparatus.
The present invention is directed to an improved jump training apparatus. According to certain embodiments of the present invention, the jump training apparatus may be a floor standing unit or wall mounted unit. The jump training apparatus of the present invention may include a sleeve, a pipe, and an arm. Certain embodiments in which the jump training apparatus is a floor standing apparatus may also include a base. A weight(s) may be secured to the base by a weight holder(s), the weight holder being operably connected to the base, such as by a mechanical fastener, adhesive, or weld, or by being screwed into the body or a segment of the base, for example. The base may have a variety of different configurations, including, but not limited to, triangular, square, and rectangular, among others.
In embodiments in which the jump training apparatus is a floor standing unit, the sleeve may be operably connected to a base. Alternatively, for wall mounted versions, the sleeve may be mechanically fastened or adhered to an adjacent wall, or may be operably connected to a wall, such as by a mounting plate, mounting bracket, mechanical fastener, or adhesive, for example.
The pipe may include a distal end and a proximate end. At least a portion of the distal end of the pipe may be slideably inserted into the sleeve. At least a portion of the pipe and the sleeve may be generally perpendicular to the ground and the base. The proximate end of the pipe may be operably connected to the arm, at least a portion of the arm being generally parallel to the ground and the base. At least a portion of the arm may be covered by a cushion. Further, the pipe may also be operably connected to an adjustment handle, which may be held or engaged when moving the pipe about the sleeve and adjusting the vertical distance between the floor or ground and the arm.
The pipe and/or sleeve may also include, or be operably connected to, an adjustment member. According to certain embodiments, the adjustment member may be holes, recesses, serrations, notches, tabs, slots, or grooves, that may be positioned on or in the pipe or sleeve, for example.
The position of the pipe relative to the sleeve may be secured by the operable engagement of the adjustment member with a fastener. The fastener may be a separate or integral part of the adjustment member. The fastener may take a variety of forms, including, but not limited to, a pin, bolt, screw, pawl mechanism, spring-loaded handle and push button, among others, for example.
The foregoing summary, as well as the following detailed description of certain embodiments of the present invention, will be better understood when read in conjunction with the appended drawings. For the purpose of illustrating the invention, certain embodiments are shown in the drawings. It should be understood, however, that the present invention is not limited to the arrangements and instrumentalities shown in the attached drawings.
In the Figures, certain embodiments have common elements that are identified with common identifiers.
The base 102 may be operably connected to a sleeve 104. According to embodiments of the present invention, at least a portion of the sleeve may be generally perpendicular to the ground. Further, at least a portion of the distal end 107 of a pipe 106 may be slideably inserted into the sleeve 104. Moreover, the inner diameter or inner region of the sleeve 104 may be slightly larger than the outer diameter or outer configuration of the pipe 106 so as to allow the pipe 106 to slide relative to the sleeve 104. For example, according to one embodiment of the present invention, the pipe 102 may be a generally cylindrical tube having an outer diameter of one inch, while at least a portion of the interior of the sleeve 104 may have a mating inner region that is one and one-quarter inches in diameter. Moreover, the outer region of the pipe 106 and the inner region of the sleeve 104 may have a variety of mating geometrical configurations, including circular, square, triangular, and oval, among others.
The position of the pipe 106 about the sleeve 104 may be adjustably secured by a fastener 114, such as a pin, bolt, or screw, push button, or pawl mechanism, among others, that operably engages an adjustment member 115. As previously stated, the fastener 114 may be an integral part of the adjustment member 115, or may be a separate component. According to certain embodiments, the adjustment member 115 may be a plurality of adjustment recesses or holes 116 that may be approximately equally spaced apart, as shown in
Alternatively, rather than being inserted into an adjustment hole 116, the fastener 114 may be turned to exert a compressive force against and/or into an outer sidewall of the pipe 106 that secures the position of the pipe 106 relative to the sleeve 104. According to other embodiments, the pipe 106 may include or be operably connected to a serrated portion. According to such an embodiment, the position of the pipe 106 may be secured by the at least one serration being engaged by a pawl mechanism that is operably connected to the sleeve 104. The pawl mechanism may be spring loaded so as to bias the pawl mechanism against a serration. According to another embodiment, at least one clamp may be used to compressively prevent the movement of the pipe 106 about the sleeve 104. Further, the fastener 114 may be a two pronged V-shaped push button that engages an adjustment member 115, wherein the adjustment member 115 that includes at least one groove that mates at least a portion of the push button.
The proximate end 108 of the pipe 106 may be operably connected to an arm 110. At least a portion of the arm 110 may be generally parallel to the ground. At least a portion of the arm 110 may also be covered by a cushion 118, such as foam and/or tape, among others.
The sleeve 104 may be connected to the base 102 through the use of a mechanical fastener and/or adhesive. According to one embodiment, the sleeve 104 may be a PVC tube that is joined to the base 102 through the use of a tee connector 122. Further, at least a portion of the tee connector 122 may be part of the base 102. For example, the sleeve 104 may be a one and one-quarter diameter six foot piece of PVC tubing. The tee 122 may be configured to receive the insertion of a portion of the sleeve 104 and segments from the base 102.
The pipe 106 and arm 110 may also be constructed from PVC tubing, for example one inch diameter pieces of six and two foot tubing, respectively. Further, the pipe 106 and arm 110 may be joined together by a ninety degree elbow 124. Alternatively, the pipe 106 and the arm 110 may be joined through the use of a mechanical fastener, such as a nut and a bolt, or a combination of a mechanical fastener and adhesive.
During use, an individual may secure a weight, such as a ten pound weight, to the weight holder 112. The user may then grasp the adjustment handle 126 to move the pipe 106 relative to the stationary sleeve 104, and thereby adjust the vertical distance between the arm 110 and the ground. After the arm 110 has reached the desired vertical height, the position of the arm 110 may be secured by operably engaging the fastener 115 and the adjustment member 115. According to certain methods of operation, the user may initially set the arm 110 at a height at which the user may touch the cushion 118 with his arms fully extended while standing flat-footed. Alternatively, the initial height may be based on where the user's head touches the cushion 118. The user may then incrementally increase the vertical height of the arm 110 by inserting the fastener 114 into, and subsequently removing it from, the adjustment holes 116. After each adjustment in the height of the arm 110, the user may attempt to touch the arm 110, until the arm 110 is raised to a height that the user can no longer touch when jumping.
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While the invention has been described with reference to certain embodiments, it will be understood by those skilled in the art that various changes may be made and equivalents may be substituted without departing from the scope of the invention. In addition, many modifications may be made to adapt a particular situation or material to the teachings of the invention without departing from its scope. Therefore, it is intended that the invention not be limited to the particular embodiment disclosed, but that the invention will include all embodiments falling within the scope of the appended claims.